Portland: Old Salmon River Trail

Hike along a renowned Salmon River on this 5-mile trip through a moss-covered virgin forest to salmon spawning pools, whitewater drops, and hollowed out Douglas firs large enough to resemble caves.

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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 4.0



Location: 45.3066596984863, -121.940742492676

Jog L and cross bridge over a gurgling tributary


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Old Salmon River Trail: Path quickly turns R and heads down switchbacks


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Campsite on L; salmon spawning spot in river; great rapids up 25 yards


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Sidetrip: Turn L to see a giant Western red cedar; return to main trail and continue S


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Continue straight, skipping boulders across river


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Turn L onto blacktop for 100 yards, then take second dirt trail on R back toward the river


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A cathedral grove of old-growth Douglas firs on the L


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Campground tucked away in the old growth; nice set of cascades in river


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Left onto blacktop; climbers use rock wall across road for training; drop back onto the trail on R after 150 yards


Location: 45.2788696289062, -121.940383911133

Upper trailhead; return to car or extend trip up Salmon River Canyon for 10.8 mi. to Trillium Lake for an overnight

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